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Facebook Sues 4 Vietnamese for Hacking Accounts and $36 Million Ad Fraud

Facebook Sues 4 Vietnamese for Hacking Accounts and $36 Million Ad Fraud

July 01, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Facebook on Tuesday revealed it filed two separate legal actions against perpetrators who abused its ad platform to run deceptive advertisements in violation of the company's  Terms  and  Advertising Policies .  "In the first case, the defendants are a California marketing company and its agents responsible for a  bait-and-switch  advertising scheme on Facebook," the social media giant's Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation, Jessica Romero,  said . "In the second case, the defendants are a group of individuals located in Vietnam who got users to self-compromise their Facebook accounts and ran millions of dollars of unauthorized ads." As part of the fraudulent activity, the marketing company, N&J USA Incorporated, promoted the sale of merchandise such as clothing, watches, and toys through misleading ads that, when clicked, redirected users to other e-commerce websites to complete the purchase, only to either receive nothing or get deliver
Facebook Tracks APT32 OceanLotus Hackers to IT Company in Vietnam

Facebook Tracks APT32 OceanLotus Hackers to IT Company in Vietnam

December 10, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
Cybersecurity researchers from Facebook today formally linked the activities of a Vietnamese threat actor to an IT company in the country after the group was caught abusing its platform to hack into people's accounts and distribute malware. Tracked as  APT32  (or Bismuth, OceanLotus, and Cobalt Kitty), the state-aligned operatives affiliated with the Vietnam government have been known for orchestrating sophisticated  espionage campaigns  at least since 2012 with the goal of furthering the country's strategic interests. "Our investigation linked this activity to CyberOne Group, an IT company in Vietnam (also known as CyberOne Security, CyberOne Technologies, Hành Tinh Company Limited, Planet and Diacauso)," Facebook's Head of Security Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, and Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, Mike Dvilyanski,  said . Exact evidence trail leading Facebook to attribute the hacking activity to CyberOne Group was not disclosed, but according to a descripti
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